5 Halloween Makeup Looks That Will Be the Perfect Addition to Your Class Costume
Kylie Jenner and YouTuber James Charles during their skeleton makeup tutorial (via YouTube)
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you haven't already decided what you'll be dressing up as during dance class this year, IT'S CRUNCH TIME, GUYS!
So what should you be? Regular costumes can inhibit movement and distract you from working hard on your technique (ain't nobody got time for that), but not dressing up at all is lame and downright depressing. Dance class is just way more fun when you celebrate in all your spook-tacular glory. The solution? Freaky Halloween makeup! It won't distract you from class AND it'll allow you to look absolutely fierce and festive.
To get you started, we rounded up five Halloween makeup tutorials that are simply to die for (hehe, get it??). You'll be the belle of the ballet barre with these stunning looks.
Be sure to tag @dancespiritmagazine in all of the pictures you post from class on Halloween night. We can't wait to see what scary looks you go for this year. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🎃👻✨
1. Spooky Skeleton
This look is both scary and gorgeous! You'll look so good you'll have to constantly remind yourself to get your eyes out of the mirror.
2. Headless Beauty
Ok, this is actually terrifying. Your dance teacher will be totally spooked when you walk in the room. Plus, it's sure to help you elongate your neck throughout class! You're welcome.
3. Wicked Witch
Yaaaaaas queen! The pointy nose is the perfect touch to make you look absolutely WICKED. Wear a black lace leo and you're set.
4. Snow White
Pair this look with a red bow, a dark blue leo, and a yellow ballet belt, and your own Prince Charming is sure to show up. Or...maybe just your dance BFFs because you're too busy for that mess, anyway.
5. Wonder Woman
If you're a strong, independent young dancer who routinely saves the day (by pointing your toes and nailing quads like it's your job), then this look is 100 percent for you.
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!